TITLE: Program Officer, Domestic Programs
FUNDING AREAS: Homelessness
CONTACT: email@example.com, 818-851-3700
IP TAKE: The projects Iloulian funds do not simply seek to create more living spaces, because the foundation views homelessness as a structural problem. Many things contribute to homelessness besides a lack of housing units, and it produces a variety of other outcomes beyond itself.
PROFILE: Andrea Iloulian oversees grantmaking at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation aimed at combating chronic homelessness. Iloulian received her education in Southern California, first a bachelor's degree in Social Ecology from Univeristy of California Irvine, then a master's in public policy with a focus on Environmental Sustainability at University of Southern California.
Iloulian has also worked in the Southern California region for her entire career before joining the foundation, and her grantmaking reflects as much. Almost all of grants made in Iloulian's area over the past few years support organizations operating exclusively in Los Angeles. (A grant of $6 million went to the Corporation for Supportive Housing, which has a national focus, but Hilton's money went for an L.A.-based project.)
The homelessness initiative at Hilton will venture outside of the L.A. area only in the event of environmental disaster. In 2013, the foundation gave $600,000 for Hurricane Sandy relief. Enterprise Community Partner received $500,000, with the bulk of the money earmarked to help people who lost their homes during the disaster. Project Hospitality received the remaining $100,000 for the region's chronically homeless.
Before joining the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Iloulian experienced career life in both the private and public sectors. In addition to her role with Hilton, Iloulian is a senior consultant for MAXIMUS. She previously managed several office buildings on L.A.'s Miracle Mile strip, and also worked for PLACE at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, a policy initiative that seeks to reduce and prevent chronic disease in the area. Iloulian's experience with PLACE is in sync with the Hilton Foundation's approach to fighting homelessness. A press release for a $5.2 million grant given in 2010 uses the term "permanent supportive housing" (PSH). Beyond the units themselves, PSH couples them with "supportive services" geared to benefit those who suffer "mental illness, substance abuse and physical disabilities."
Another facet to Hilton's grantmaking in this area, discussed in the press release above and in one for a more recent $7.8 million grant for chronically homeless veterans in L.A., is the use of a "partnership between the public, private, and philanthropic sectors." While some foundations tend to shy away from coordinating their efforts with local and national governments, Hilton is interested in doing just this, at least in terms of homelessness prevention.
The foundation's "Los Angeles Chronic Homelessness Initiative Strategy Summary" provides more details that may help grantseekers develop an understanding of Iloulian and her grantmaking. The document explains some rather specific goals Hilton wants to achieve in terms of number of units built and number of people housed. Grantseekers would do well to figure out exactly how they can make themselves instrumental in reaching the goals listed here.